Benitez has no plans to use Terry against West Ham or Nordsjaelland despite rapid recovery
15:34 GMT, 30 November 2012
Rafa Benitez may not use John Terry until Chelsea travel to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup, despite the club captain's rapid recovery from a knee injury.
New manager Benitez revealed Terry is desperate to return to action, but he isn’t ready to face West Ham tomorrow and is even a doubt for Chelsea’s final Champions League match against Nordsjaelland.
'Terry is ready to play, but we know he’s not ready. He is pushing himself, wanting to be there and playing. The same with Sturridge.
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'Lampard did the warm-up to the training session, nothing else. They’re working with the physios, doing well on the pitch, but they’re still not close to the team.’
Asked if Terry himself believes he is ready, Benitez said: ‘He said it to one of my medics.
'He wanted to push himself. I watched him with the physios and he was fine, but he was pushing, wanting to play with the team. But it’s too soon.
'Frank, Sturridge and him are all pushing, wanting to be involved and to help.
'It’s too early for Tuesday. It’s a knee, not just a muscle. You have to see the reaction when you turn. You cannot put him in a position where he could get injured again.
'He might go to Japan having not played. If he’s involved in training and he’s happy – when you forget you’ve had that problem in your knee, you’re ready… it’s a question of confidence.'
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'A lot of teams have some good players in terms of mentality. What I’ve seen from him, early this morning, he was in front of me walking on to the pitch and he didn’t know I was following him.
'Three young players were coming along and the way he approached him was quite positive. Different to Stevie (G), but a lot of similarities with the young players. Steve was very supportive with the youngsters too.'
Benitez takes his side to Upton Park, and can expect another frosty reception from the travelling Chelsea fans, who were disappointed to see Champions League-winning manager Roberto Di Matteo sacked.
The Spaniard was booed throughout his first game in charge in a drab 0-0 draw against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
He received the same treatment when Chelsea put on a limp display against west London rivals Fulham, another 0-0 draw.
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